Governor Rick Perry refuses to expand Texas Medicaid as part of President Obama's Health Care reform. Perry will no doubt be attacked dogmatically by the left-leaning talking heads on the cable channels. But there are some legitimate concerns here.
First of all, the Affordable Care Act is more than 970 pages. It's written in language that is flat out hard to understand. That's just the law itself, not the rules & regs that will follow from Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The concerns go way beyond partisanship or political posturing for the November election. The Texas Medical Association says almost 70% of Texas doctors are not taking new patients who rely on Medicaid. And Obamacare wants to add millions of patients to medicaid? Now you can start to see the problem with this.
Governor Perry says, "I will not be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our constitution and our founding principles of limited government."
And he's absolutely right. I don't think our President understands the concept of limited government. And it's sad because our forefathers built this nation on that very idea.
Perry is also right to point out that Texas does not have $27 billion just sitting around waiting to be spent on an unfunded federal mandate. They'll be lots of attempts to dismantle the mandates created by Obamacare and this first strike by the Texas Governor is a good start.
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